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What to Expect When You First Meet with a Kitchen Design Professional

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 5, 2013

You may have watched kitchen remodels on television that seem too good to be true. A show host comes up with a great design and “presto” surprises the homeowners with the finished project within a week. Or do-it-yourselfers take down walls with sledge hammers and build a beautiful kitchen over a weekend. The reality is that a kitchen remodeling project involves more than tearing out old appliances and cabinets and replacing them with new fixtures. There are many details to consider including building code, structural issues, mechanicals, aesthetics and a functional floor plan. It takes time and careful planning before construction can begin.

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Topics: Kitchens, Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Our Favorite Resources for Bathroom Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jan 8, 2013

People are devoting more attention to creating personal spaces in their homes. Bathrooms have become private retreats designed for both function and comfort. A bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in a house and that is why a well conceived design is essential to fully optimize the space. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Our Favorite Resources for Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Thu, Jan 3, 2013

If you’ve resolved to remodel your kitchen this year you may be looking for some of the hottest trends in kitchen design and new ideas to make the space functional for cooking, storage and entertaining. We are always looking for the latest trends too. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, National Kitchen and Bath Association

How to Design a Kitchen Island That Works

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

Kitchen islands evolved from the age old wood farm house table.  If you have visited historic homes such as Mount Vernon, Monticello, or the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, you may have toured the simple but organized kitchens that feature a sturdy farm table placed in the center for food prep and with a shelf beneath for storage of cookware, dishes or supplies. Tables were the work center of the kitchen for preparing all meals at a time when people baked their daily bread.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, National Kitchen and Bath Association

8 Questions to Ask a General Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Aug 7, 2012

1. Is your company insured?

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association

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